URLs with hyphens (-)

I have read that it’s a good idea if you have a domain that is made up of words stuck together to have the alternative also with the words hyphenated.

So bestwebsiteever.co.uk and also best-web-site-ever.co.uk

I can see the logic of this of course with the real words in a URL but is it helpful for SEO?

In this case, the site-owner’s name is the URL so it would be a key search term.

Thank you


I’m beginning to think that this is the best approach. I have two sites that I am thinking of. Both art portfolios. Both domains made up of the person’s name but one, the more common name, is personnameartist/person-name-artist

It strikes me that it’s only a few quid and is it’s easy to set up the 301 redirect.



URLS in domain = not great
URLS in URL after domain = good.


I’m not sure what that means. :confused:


i am :smiley:

it means crap

the hyphens in the domain don’t matter, google will search for the keywords in the domain with or without the hyphens but honestly getting a domain with those keywords won’t exactly help you.

you need to focus on the urls to have hyphens and to get a unique domain name.

Yeah sorry. Meant to read

Hyphens in Domain = Not great
hyphens in URLs after domain = good

Hyphens in domains does matter. Getting keywords in a domain is hugely beneficial.

no the domain name itself doesn’t matter. you can run a site about website design and call it www.ihateleprecons.com the way you get the keywords is by:


for example i have several keywords:


that is for my security camera page while i got another point for my point of sale


see? i got the keywords in there but the domain name doesn’t matter.

go on www.bing.com and type in “piont of sale chicago” without the “” and go to the second page and you will see www.shutterify.com which has absolutely NOTHING to do with point of sale in fact its a photography website which I haven’t built yet.

Great but you’re wrong. Keywords in the domain hold much more value than the name of the subfolders.

I am sure that search spiders, which cost thousands of dollars to create and of course thousands, if not millions of dollars to run every year, can separate words within a domain, meaning that using hyphens to separate words, is quite pointless if your only doing it for the SEO benefit.

Try to read this post:

Hope that clears your question. :smiley:

Please do a quick search before asking a question - this discussion was recently had…

In my experience it’s a little harder to rank for sites in Google that have hyphens.

:blush: Sorry! I should have searched. I did have a look at the thread and it is very helpful. However there was a point touched on there that wasn’t really developed and I wonder if I might raise it here?

What about taking two domains and using a 301 Redirect from one to the other. If I recall, I might have read about this in that context. That the non-hyphenated version is good for people and the hyphenated version is better for search engines.

Actually, reading through that other thread, I have to say that the conclusion wasn’t particularly firm. Some people think that hyphenated is the way to go and others not.


In our experience it does not matter if your domain has a hyphen or not. Checkout the ipac website we just deployed, it has a hyphen in it, and ranks good in the SERPS. www.ipac-inc.com

Neither of them is “better” for search engines. One is better for consumers (non-hyphenated).

Register both, and redirect the hyphenated one to the non-hyphenated one.

Im agree with you. They both better for search engine. But the most important is how difficult your customer type your domain in browser.

Although SE can identify hyphenated domain, it is not advisable to use it. This may lead people to go to the site with the same address as yours but no hyphen.

I would never use a domain with hyphens, they make zero difference imo. Not only that, if i can’t be bothered to type them into the adddress bar then i should’nt expect anyone else to either.